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Old 08-17-2014, 08:15 PM
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Hey all. I joined this group in hopes of find a GREAT family project and vacation/camping rig. I look forward to learning a lot about these awesome vehicles and making and modding one to my needs. Married with two kids.

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Old 08-17-2014, 08:21 PM
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Welcome Matt

I'm sure you'll find everything you need here. there's even some rigs in your area for sale.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:54 AM
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Hey all. I joined this group in hopes of find a GREAT family project and vacation/camping rig.

Matt
For than plan I strongly advise buying as good condition unmolested close to stock as you can find/afford. They're "all" going to be somewhat of a never ending project. For family reliability a stock rig is much easier to maintain and trouble shoot than one that's been modified. Keep it simple and reliable. Your family with appreciate it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:02 PM
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For than plan I strongly advise buying as good condition unmolested close to stock as you can find/afford. They're "all" going to be somewhat of a never ending project. For family reliability a stock rig is much easier to maintain and trouble shoot than one that's been modified. Keep it simple and reliable. Your family with appreciate it.

Thanks for the great advice. I want my children to experience the fading reality outside our homes. I have fond memories of camping and wilderness as a child and want them to experience the same. My daughter turns 4 this year and we haven't taken a family vacation yet due to our extensive work schedule. Next year we have decided to go to the outer banks and would love to start our first vacation with it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:31 PM
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Good plan, just start with a sound wag and keep it maintained. The OBX is a beautiful historic run. Did it back in the 70's on a motorcycle and though it's a bit touristy Richie Rich intimidating neighborhood there's lotsa really good down to earth long time locals down there.
PS: besides gasoline, hotels budget for stuffing your face with excellent fresh local seafood. Screw the New England transplants that smoother everything in tomato sauce...eat local cuisine.
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Old 08-18-2014, 06:33 PM
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Welcome!

That's kind of the same reason I got a Wagoneer. But be warned they multiply! Ha!

Good luck in your search. We're always here to help!
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Old 08-24-2014, 09:02 AM
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they multiply ...... I only own TEN jeeps my name is Bob do I have a problem ?
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:56 PM
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I didn't believe it when I bought my Wagoneer and try told me they'd multiply. Now I have four and am always looking.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:40 PM
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Greetings and welcome aboard!!


As others have said find a good stock rig and go from there. If you find a rig you might be able to find a member here who can go with you to take a look and let you know a bit about what you might be getting into (Look for obvious things that would turn you away, like frame rust.)

When you do find a rig don't let your dream overstep your wallet/budget. I knew a guy nearby who had his heart set on this rig he saw and fell in love with and he let the seller take him waaay above the range he should have paid for it. A week or two later he discovered another rig that was more reasonably priced. Unfortunately for him he already dumped a boatload of money into the one he purchased. He could have gotten the other rig much cheaper and used the extra money for repairs.

When you finally do get the rig you want, if you find an issue make sure to address it. So many in the past have put band aid solutions on areas on these rigs. Sometimes after purchasing a rig you will find areas that the previous owner put band-aids on or did poor mans fixes on. (Find any of these address them and fix them properly). these are 20+ year old vehicles and all that I have encountered with the exception of the one I just purchased, were mistreated by previous owners or not taken care of in the way that they should have been. (meaning that they needed repairs etc that were neglected.)

finally, look into some of the upgrades and modernizations/ improvements that other members here have done and consider them.

You can have the reliable rig you want. (I had one in the past before it was destroyed, that took me from here to florida and back about twice a month for a year. It never left me stranded once, never failed to start and never once gave me an issue. After getting it up to par, I just maintained it like I would have a new car.) Others mileage may vary.
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Old 08-27-2014, 12:38 PM
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Gonna go pick this beauty up tomorrow!

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/4639333323.html
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Looks good. I saw that one this morning while cruising the craigslist.
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Looks good to me! Congratulations.

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Gonna go pick this beauty up tomorrow!

http://charlotte.craigslist.org/cto/4639333323.html
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He says there is ZERO rust anywhere on the body and runs and drives great with no mechanical issues
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Looks good!

On another note, I took a work trip up to Gastonia last year.
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